AL: A-Rod answers boos with five hits
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Alex Rodriguez had a perfect response for the hearty boos, matching a career high with five hits to lead the New York Yankees to an 11-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday.
Rodriguez also drove in four runs in his first game in Texas since admitting earlier this year that he used steroids while playing for the Rangers from 2001-03. Phil Hughes tossed eight shutout innings for New York, which has won 11 of 13.
After singling in the eighth inning in his fifth at-bat, A-Rod was lifted for a pinch runner with the Yankees already up 10-0. His first five-hit game since April 2005 raised his batting average 60 points ó from .189 to .259.
Hughes (3-2) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six before leaving after 101 pitches.
Nelson Cruz connected against Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves in the ninth, hitting his fifth homer in six games.
Matt Harrison (4-4) allowed seven runs and 11 hits over five innings for Texas.
Red Sox 6, Twins 5
MINNEAPOLIS ó Jason Bay and Kevin Youkilis hit two-run doubles, and the Boston Red Sox started a 10-game road trip with a victory.
Jonathan Papelbon survived a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth by pinch-hitter Joe Mauer to get his 12th save.
Michael Cuddyer homered early for Minnesota, but Brad Penny (5-1) pitched into the sixth for his third straight victory.
Francisco Liriano (2-6) struck out seven in four innings for Minnesota, but allowed five runs and 11 hits.
Mike Lowell, who had four hits, capped the three-run third off Liriano with an RBI single.
Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits for Boston to stretch his hitting streak to 20 games.
Indians 11, Ray 10
CLEVELAND ó Victor Martinez lined a two-out, two-run single into center field, capping a seven-run ninth inning for the Indians, who trailed by 10 runs in the fourth.
The hit off Jason Isringhausen (0-1) snapped an 0-for-18 streak by Martinez .
The Indians became the first team to make up a 10-run deficit and win since the Rangers rallied to beat the Tigers 16-15 on May 8, 2004.
Touted rookie David Price made his season debut for the Rays and exited after 31/3 innings because of a high pitch count.
Tampa Bay second baseman Akinori Iwamura will miss the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his left knee. He was injured turning a double play in Sunday’s game with Florida. Iwamura was hurt when Marlins rookie Chris Coghlan slid into him.
Tigers 13, Royals 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo.ó Justin Verlander held slumping Kansas City to five hits through seven scoreless innings and Miguel Cabrera had four of Detroit’s season-high 19 hits.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1BALTIMORE ó Jeremy Guthrie allowed one run in seven innings, Aubrey Huff had two RBIs and Baltimore extended Toronto’s losing streak to seven.
Athletics 6, Mariners 1
OAKLAND, Calif. ó Travis Buck homered and scored three runs, and Adam Kennedy extended his torrid start for Oakland with a career high-tying four hits.
Brett Anderson pitched six strong innings for his second major league win with the last-place A’s, who beat Seattle for just the second time in seven meetings this season.
White Sox 17, Angels 3 ANAHEIM, Calif. ó Jim Thome surpassed Mike Schmidt for 13th place on the career home run list, Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko also went deep, and the Chicago White Sox routed the Los Angeles Angels 17-3 on Monday night.
John Danks (4-3) breezed to the victory after Thome helped stake the left-hander to an 11-3 lead in the third with his 549th home run and eighth this season. The five-time All-Star also had an RBI single during Chicago’s 24-hit attack, which included four each by Scott Podsednik and Alexei Ramirez.
Danks pitched six innings, allowing three runs, four hits and a career-high six walks. Dye drove in four runs and Ramirez had three RBIs for the defending AL Central champions, who spoiled the return of Vladimir Guerrero to the Angels’ lineup.
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